Hemsworth: 'Thor has opened doors'
Published 31/03/2011 | 08:47
Chris Hemsworth is turning the mighty Thor's fall from grace into his own personal rise to Hollywood stardom.
The Australian actor stars in the title role of Thor, in the Marvel Comics superhero adaptation, alongside Oscar-winners Natalie Portman and Anthony Hopkins in the film, which hits cinemas in the summer.
After a six-month casting process, Chris, 27, felt as if he had won the lottery when he got the role as the fallen Norse god, saying: "As a young actor being in this town, prior to this, it was knocking on doors and auditioning and going on the rounds. This has sort of set me up, hopefully, for more of these films and opened other doors."
With Thor, directed by Kenneth Branagh, still weeks away from its premiere, Chris already is heading back to the set to reprise the role in the ensemble superhero adventure The Avengers, due out in 2012.
The film teams Chris's Thor with other big-screen Marvel Comics idols, including Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man, Chris Evans as Captain America and Mark Ruffalo as the Incredible Hulk.
Chris is the middle sibling in a family of three brothers who all went into acting. His older brother is Australian TV veteran Luke Hemsworth and his younger sibling is Miley Cyrus' ex-boyfriend and The Last Song co-star Liam Hemsworth.
While Thor is the biggest score for the Hemsworth acting clan, there was no sibling rivalry when he landed the role, the film's star said.
"We're competitive in the best ways. Always have been growing up," Chris said. "In this particular business, I guess we're all aware of the uncertainly of it. The odds are against you. So it's kind of a team effort. When somebody gets a job, you're just as happy for each, and this particular thing, they were just as excited as I was."
Chris was speaking at a screening of footage of Thor to cinema owners on Monday night in Las Vegas, where he was also receiving an award as male star of tomorrow.